Thomas secured one of six targets for eight yards in Sunday's 24-10 Super Bowl victory over the Panthers. The 28-year-old barely made his presence felt on the season's biggest stage, suffering a decrease in receptions for the third straight postseason game. Thomas' tough afternoon was a combination of the Josh Norman's tight coverage in the secondary and a lack of time for Peyton Manning on several occasions. He also took a hard hit from Luke Kuechly in the first quarter that may have had a lingering effect on the receiver the rest of the game. Thomas was able to draw a key fourth quarter third-down pass interference penalty in the end zone on Norman that gave Denver new life, and eventually led to C.J. Anderson's decisive one-yard touchdown. The six-year veteran will head into the offseason with more questions than usual following a pedestrian second half of the 2015 campaign, but still figures to slot in as Denver's No. 1 receiver to start the 2016 season.
Thomas gathered in two of seven targets for 12 yards during Sunday's AFC championship game win versus the Patriots. No matter who was under center during the current campaign, Thomas put together a prototypical final line, though end-zone visits declined to a four-year low. A quarterback shuffle spurred by Peyton Manning's mid-season implosion was at the crux of the issue, but once the sheriff opted to take time off to rest a torn plantar fascia, Thomas reeled in five of his six touchdowns with backup Brock Osweiler. In parts of four games with Manning since that moment, Thomas has combined for eight receptions (on 20 targets) for 85 yards and no scores, which can't be ignored heading into Super Bowl 50 against the Panthers' 11th ranked pass defense.
Thomas caught four of eight targets for just 40 yards in Sunday's win over the Steelers. He also hauled in a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter. The big receiver was held in check by a Pittsburgh defense he beat for two scores in Week 12, but his final catch was crucial, as the two-point conversion put Denver up seven with just three minutes left. The windy conditions played a part in the Boncos' lack of significant production through the air, forcing them to lean on the defense and ground game to eek out a win. Thomas could play a bigger role next week, as the high-scoring Patriots come to town to play for the right to go to the Super Bowl.
Thomas (hamstring) caught five of nine targets for 117 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 27-20 win over the Chargers. A majority of Thomas' fantasy points came on a 72-yard touchdown on the Broncos' second play from scrimmage, a yardage total that was more than he had in nine games this season. The touchdown was just his sixth of the year, after he had at least 10 in the prior three seasons, and came from quarterback Brock Osweiler, who was benched in the third quarter in favor of Peyton Manning. Thomas has a solid history with both quarterbacks, so his fantasy value shouldn't change too much depending on who is under center for the playoffs.
Thomas (hamstring) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Chargers. Thomas, who led the Broncos with 12 targets in this past Monday's win over the Bengals, is out there Sunday, as expected, and should continue to remain one of QB Brock Osweiler's top passing targets in Week 17.
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